Division III National Championship - Top 12 Roster Facts

December 18, 2015 by SbS Football Staff | with 0 comments

The Division III National Championship will take place in Salem, Virginia on Friday night, and as usual, Mount Union is one of the two teams in the game. 

Nicknamed the Stagg Bowl, the Division III title game feels more like the “Raider Bowl” as Mount Union will be participating in the game for the 11th consecutive season and for the 19th time in the last 22 years (11 – 7 record). 

Meanwhile, St. Thomas will be playing in only its second Stagg Bowl in school history.  In 2012, the Tommies lost to the Raiders 28 – 10 (the last time Mount Union won the title).

Both teams are undefeated, and although the two teams have very different histories with the title game, there are some unique geographic similarities between the key players who will help decide this year's outcome. 

Below we provide our Top 12 roster facts (in no particular order) of where the players in the 2015 Division III National Championship game are from.

Top 12 Roster Facts

1. Not surprisingly, the majority of players on each team are from the home state; the Tommies have almost 100 players on their roster from Minnesota (approximately 62% of the team), and the Raiders have 56 players on their roster from Ohio (approximately 50% of the team).

2. Mount Union has players on its roster from 17 different states, and there are players from 15 different states on the St. Thomas roster.

3. The Tommies have no players on their roster from the state of Ohio, and the Raiders have no players on their roster from the state of Minnesota.

St. Thomas has just 1 player from the state of Florida, while Mount Union has 17 players from the Sunshine State, including 3 current starters on the Raiders defense.

5. Mt. Union has only 2 players on its roster who are from west of the Mississippi River and both players are from Texas, including star Wide Receiver Roman Namdar who is from Southlake, Texas; the standout Senior has 19 touchdowns on the season.

6. The Tommies have 21 players on its roster from the state of Illinois (including 1 current starter) and 20 players from the state of Wisconsin (including 4 current starters).

7. The leading rushers for both teams are from small, remote towns not located in the team’s home state: Jordan Roberts (St. Thomas) is from Sheridan, Wyoming (pop. 18,000) and Logan Nemeth (Mount Union) is from McBain, Michigan (pop. 700).

8. There are no current starters (both teams) who are from the same state as a starter on the other team.

9. The Tommies starting Quarterback John Gould is from Mendota Heights, Minnesota and played his high school ball only 7 miles from the St. Thomas campus.

10. The Raiders starting Quarterback Taurice Scott is from Alliance, Ohio and played his high school ball only 1 mile from the Mount Union campus.

11. St. Thomas has 2 starters from the state of California: Fullback Dominic Truoccolo is from San Francisco and Wide Receiver Jack Gilliland is from Simi Valley.

12. There is only 1 player from either team who is from the state of Virginia; Mount Union backup Kicker Jefferson Lee is from New Castle, Virginia, which is only 22 miles from Salem, Virginia.

Sources: full rosters per official team websites (as of December 6, 2015) and starters based on participation reports from Semi-final games.